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© Alva Review-Courier
July 29, 2020
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Robert Lewis "Bob" Hays

Robert Lewis "Bob" Hays
October 23, 1933 ~ July 11, 2020

Robert "Bob" Lewis Hays was born on October 23, 1933, to Clyde Verner Hays and Pearle Ellen Terry Hays in rural Enid, Oklahoma, and passed from this life on July 11, 2020, in Kiowa, Kansas.

Bob attended a one-room country school near Red Rock, Oklahoma, through seventh grade. He then graduated from Kremlin High School. At age 17 he started his retail career at Montgomery Ward in Enid. In 1957 he met his future wife, Grace Brainard, on a booster trip for the Cherokee Strip Promo, and they married in August of 1958. She also worked for Montgomery Ward. They moved to Perryton, Texas, in September of 1962 to manage a new Gamble Store. In January of 1968 they purchased a Gamble Store in Kiowa, Kansas. In May 2001 they sold the store to Bret Ridgeway and retired.

Robert served on a number of boards and committees: President of Jaycees in Perryton, Texas, Kiowa Chamber of Commerce, Kiowa Utility Board, Kiowa Veterans Community Building Board, and the Kiowa Historical Society. Bob and Grace enjoyed being a part of the Kiowa community and knowing its people. The Hays' family knew how lucky they were to have made a good living in small town America and have tried to give back more than they have received.

Those who have preceded Bob in death include his wife, Grace; his parents, Clyde and Pearle Hays; his in-laws, Jake and Fern Brainard; his brother, Clyde Jr.

Survivors include one sister, Ramona Vaughan of Cleveland, Oklahoma; two brothers, Rex Hays and wife Mary of Oklahoma City, and Irvin Hays and wife Patricia of Oklahoma City.

It was Bob's request that he be cremated and that no service be held so his requests are being honored.

Arrangements have been made by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.lanmanmemorials.com. 

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